Pastoral Care

The essence of pastoral care is compassion.  Just as every person has inherent worth and dignity, each of us has been wounded, too.  When I have suffered or struggled in my life, I have been most grateful for people who actively listened to my story, who were fully present to my circumstance, and who helped me to understand I was not as isolated or “bad” or unlovable as I feared.  I try to offer that same kind of nonjudgmental, active listening to those who share their lives with me.

Pastoral care is particularly important when someone is in the hospital, or unable to leave their dwelling.  It is important for a minister to be available in such circumstances.  This is also an opportunity for shared ministry—for the community members to care for each other.  I will help with the training and support of a lay pastoral care team.

“Your presence in my life is, indeed, a treasured blessing.  While words seem to be so very inadequate, I wanted to at least attempt to convey my appreciation for your guidance.”
–R., UUCGT

I am not trained as a therapist, but I can offer short-term counseling, and, if necessary, referrals to those better-trained than I.  I do offer spiritual guidance in a variety of forms.

Experience:

I have provided pastoral care to hundreds of members, friends, families and visitors.  I have served as a resource to Lay Ministries teams at UUSG and UUCGT. I administered the Pastoral Care Emergency Fund at UUCGT, disbursing $300 – $600 a month to assist members and nonmembers with rent, food, medical bills, etc; and a similar Ministerial Discretionary Fund at First Unitarian of Hobart.

I led a group for people with family members who live with mental illness, at UUCGT.

As an interm at UUSG, I provided some pastoral care.  I attended the Lay Pastoral Care Team’s monthly meetings, and participated in their training sessions.

I provided some pastoral care during my summer ministries in Cleveland and Rockford.

I represented UUism at a training session for Fox Valley Hospice Volunteers, in March, 2004.

I attended a course on “Pastoral Care During & After a Disaster,” taught by Naomi Paget, Ph. D., through Rush Presbyterian Hospital, in November, 2003.

I took one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, during the summer of 2002, at The Church Home at Montgomery Place, in Hyde Park, Illinois.  The facility included independent living apartments, a skilled nursing floor, and a dementia unit.

I volunteered with the Franklin County (Ohio) Hospice in the early 1990’s.